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HEW 2017 EVENT – Remembering the Holocaust Through Film

November 8, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
18 Wynford Drive, Main Floor
18 Wynford Dr
North York, ON M3C 3S2
Holocaust Education Week 2017 Event

Co-sponsored with Don Heights Unitarian Congregation

“Remembering the Holocaust Through Film” with Carolyn Kay

How has documentary and feature film shaped ideas of the Holocaust for educators and students? This talk will address one educator’s experience through three decades of teaching the Holocaust at a university level, and will explore the impact of such films as Shoah, Schindler’s List, The Last Stage, The Pianist, The Last Days, In Darkness, Ida, Son of Saul, and Korczak. For students, such films can be tremendously evocative depictions of the lives of European Jews during the Shoah and afterwards; they may compel personal reflections of a deeper nature than is normally the case in an academic course and encourage further study and analysis. What are the pitfalls, however, of relying on film? What kinds of films come closer to the actual conditions of the Holocaust, and what of those films that depart dramatically from the historical facts? (Ex. Boy in the Striped Pajamas.)

Carolyn Kay, a professor of modern German history and the Holocaust at Trent University, has utilized film in her courses on the Holocaust since the early 1990s. In 2014 Kay attended a teaching seminar at the U.S. Holocaust Museum on the use of film in Holocaust courses; she will share some of the   insights from this seminar while also reflecting upon her students’ reaction to films in her courses.

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